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Five-screen movie theater may be built in Portland

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Plans are underway for a five-screen movie complex in Louisville's Portland neighborhood in what is now the new home of the Louisville Film Society.

But it won't be your typical suburban multiplex.

It will be housed on Lytle Street in what was once an old large brick factory building. The executive director of the film society took WDRB on a tour of the building on Thursday.

"There will be four movie theaters inside with another screen on the outside at an outdoor space," said George Parker of the Louisville Film Society.

Parker says he chose this location because it is an area that needs such an attraction.

"West of Ninth Street, there are no movie theaters, so if we are going to make this investment, we can have a real positive impact by doing it here," he said.

Parker hopes to attract movie customers to view first-run independent and foreign films, and movies made with Kentucky connections.

"Obviously we have a lot of great talent that has come out of Kentucky," he said, "like Jennifer Lawrence, (George) Clooney and Johnny Depp. The list goes on and on."

Parker also envisions the place becoming a catalyst for the growth of the film industry in Kentucky, creating more jobs in an area of town that desperately needs them.

There will be room for production companies to set up business on the second floor.

"We are trying to attract projects here, whether it is film, commercials, or television to Louisville and to Kentucky," Parker explained.

Parker also plans to have programs for youngsters to learn more about the film industry.

The film society moved to Portland from NuLu. Parker is raising money from private investors, foundations and individual donors to make the renovations.

He declined to disclose how much the project will cost.

He adds, "It is going to be a real creative hub with some exciting activity and, hopefully, some really great companies will come out of this."

He hopes to have the Portland operation up and running by September of this year.

The society is hosting an Oscar Party on Oscar night where Jennifer Lawrence's Oscar will be on display. Money raised from the party will go toward the Portland project.

Ticket prices and information on the event can be found at www.Louisvillefilmsociety.org.

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